Africa Oil Corp. (“Africa Oil”, “AOC” or the “Company”) announces the signing of two production sharing contracts (“PSCs”) with the Republic of Equatorial Guinea for offshore Blocks EG-18 and EG-31. These PSCs are subject to ratification by the country’s government. Africa Oil will hold eighty per cent (80%) operated interests in each block with the balance to be held by GEPetrol, the national oil company of Equatorial Guinea. GEPetrol has the option of acquiring an additional fifteen percent (15%) participating interest in each block. Both blocks are covered by 3D seismic data and the total minimum work commitment for both blocks in the initial exploration periods is a combined total of USD 7 million, with no drilling commitment.
In Block EG-31 the Company has identified several gas-prone prospects in shallow water depths of less than 80 meters and close to existing infrastructure, including the offshore Alba gas field and the onshore Punta Europa Liquefied Natural Gas (“LNG”) Terminal. Potential future discoveries could present low-cost, low-risk gas development opportunities targeting international LNG markets.
In Block EG-18 the Company has identified a potentially large and highly prospective basin floor fan prospect of Cretaceous age, that is similar to those within the Company’s exploration portfolio in Namibia and South Africa.
A Fasken team consisted of Abayomi Akinjide (Partner) advised Africa Oil Corporation in this transaction.
- Equatorial Guinea
- United Kingdom